These are the Buck Buchanan Award winners. It is given to the Division I-AA defensive player of the year.

  1. 2004 - Jordan Beck, Cal Poly
  2. 2003 - Jared Allen, Idaho St
  3. 2002 - Rashean Mathis, Beth-Cook
  4. 2001 - Derrick Lloyd, JMU
  5. 2000 - Edgerton Hartwell, W Illinois
  6. 1999 - Al Lucas, Troy
  7. 1998 - James Milton, W Illinois
  8. 1997 - Chris McNeil
  9. 1996 - Dexter Coakley, App St
  10. 1995 - Dexter Coakley, App St
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